HIMSS Surveys Point to Growth in Mobile Health, Nursing Informatics

February 27, 2014 in News

Nearly 70% of surveyed health care leaders say that clinicians at their organization use mobile technology to view patient data, according to a new survey from HIMSS Analytics, the research arm of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, MobiHealthNews reports.

The group released the survey on Wednesday at HIMSS’ annual conference.

For the report, HIMSS Analytics interviewed 170 individuals who play a role in shaping or implementing health care organizations’ mobile technology policies.

Survey Findings

According to HIMSS Analytics, about 69% of survey respondents said that health care providers at their organization use mobile devices to view patient data (Pai, MobiHealthNews, 2/26). However, only 22% of respondents said that most of the data collected by mobile devices was integrated with their organization’s electronic health record system (Slabodkin, Health Data Management, 2/26).

When asked about other reasons why health care providers use mobile devices, the survey found that approximately:

  • 49% of respondents cited educational and training;
  • 42% cited gathering clinical information (MobiHealthNews, 2/26);
  • 36% cited gathering data at a patient’s bedside (Health Data Management, 2/26);
  • 23% cited chronic disease management; and
  • 20% cited remote patient monitoring.

HIMSS Analytics also asked survey respondents about their organization’s mobile technology policies and found that:

  • 69% of respondents said their organizations supply health care providers with smartphones, and 30% want to add or expand such use;
  • 67% said their organization supplies health care providers with pagers, and 8% want to add or expand such use;
  • 56% said their organization supplies health care providers with cell phones, and 14% want to add or expand such use; and
  • 43% said their organization supplies health care providers with tablet computers, and 63% want to add or expand such use (MobiHealthNews, 2/26).

The report found that funding limitations were the most-cited barrier to implementing mobile health technology. In addition, only about half of respondents said their organization measures their return-on-investment in mobile health technology (Health Data Management, 2/26).

HIMSS Nursing Informatics Workforce Survey

In related news, HIMSS has released its annual Nursing Informatics Workforce Survey, which found that the field of nursing informatics has grown over the past few years and that many nursing informatics specialists have post-graduate training.

The survey of 1,000 nursing informatics specialists found that:

  • 60% have a post-graduate degree;
  • 43% have a master’s degree or PhD in nursing (Burdryk, FierceHealthIT, 2/25); and
  • 28% have a master’s degree or PhD in informatics (Bresnick, EHR Intelligence, 2/26).

In addition, the survey found that the average salary for nursing informatics specialists has increased from $98,703 in 2011 to $100,717 in 2014.

According to HIMSS, 20% of survey respondents have one to five years of clinical bedside experience, up from 12% in 2011 (FierceHealthIT, 2/25). Seventy percent of survey respondents said informatics accounts for a significant portion of nurses’ employment duties (EHR Intelligence, 2/26).

The report also asked respondents about their job satisfaction and found that:

  • 81% of respondents said they are “satisfied” or “highly satisfied” with their decision to pursue a career in informatics; and
  • 57% said they are “satisfied” or “highly satisfied” with their current position.

When asked about hindrances to excelling in nursing informatics, respondents cited a lack of administrative and staffing resources as the main barriers (FierceHealthIT, 2/25).

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